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A Yachtsman's Cruise: Sydney to Hobart - 6 nights

Chase the Race, Experience A Nautical Tradition

6 Nights | Departs Sydney 26th December 2020 | Arrives Hobart 01 January 2021

Experience the nautical tradition that is the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Embarking in Broken Bay on December 26th, soak in the excitement at the start of the race from Coral Discoverer. Watch the fleet sail past as you hear expert commentary from your onboard Special Guest Lecturers John Longley & Sue Crafer. We sail the south coast and Bass Strait with the trailing fleet. Once across the Strait enjoy the scenic rugged Tasmanian coast with the opportunity to join our expedition team on a number of guided shore excursions to Tasmania’s Parks. Scheduled to arrive in Hobart on New Year’s Eve, it’s time to enjoy the buzz of the race and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Related Article: A Quick Guide to the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Expedition Log: Read a recap from one of our previous Yachtman’s Cruise from Sydney to Hobart Here.

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Expedition Highlights

  • Enjoy a grandstand view of the start of the Sydney to Hobart race as the leaders come tearing through Sydney Heads
  • Trail the yachts on a coastal cruise while you enjoy a drink at Coral Discoverer’s sundeck Explorer Bar
  • Visit Adventure Bay on Bruny Island and stretch your legs on the Fluted Cape walk
  • Ring in the New Year onboard and enjoy Captain’s farewell drinks
  • Your cruise is accompanied by Special Guest Lecturer John Longley who will provide insights

 

Fares

CORAL DISCOVERER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $6,720 n/a
Promenade Deck (Category A) $5,760 n/a
Promenade Deck (Category B) n/a $7,920
Main Deck (Category A) $5,040 n/a
Main Deck (Category B) $4,800 n/a

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available.

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John Longley

John Longley has been involved with sailing and the sea almost all of his life. He started sailing as a young boy in dinghies on the Swan River, graduating to ocean racing in Australia and later on in Europe and America, including the Transatlantic race. This lead to a long involvement with the America’s Cup, which saw him sailing as a crew member in five consecutive America’s Cup campaigns from 1974 to 1987.

 

 

 

Sue Crafer

Sue Crafer is a veteran of no less than 15 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races. She was a crew member aboard Ragamuffin in 2016 and one of an all-female crew to race in the Volvo Ocean (or Whitbread Round the World) Race in 1993/4.

Itinerary

Embark: Board 8:30am on 26th December
Disembark:  Macquarie Wharf 1 at 9:00am on 1st January

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Complimentary coach transfers are offered from Wynyard Station to arrive at Coral Discoverer’s embarkation point in Palm Beach, Broken Bay. You will be met by the ship’s tender and transferred to the Coral Discoverer for a 10:00am departure.

This itinerary is designed to capture the best moments of the first few days of the Sydney to Hobart race and highlights of the Tasmanian coastline. The Captain will vary the itinerary to make the most of the weather windows of the mercurial southern coast, whilst keeping the ship as close to the racing action as possible. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

Here are the expedition highlights:

Sydney: North Head

Embark at 8:30am for 10am departure, and enjoy lunch while the ship positions off North head. From the Explorer Bar, celebrate the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and watch the fleet round the heads and sail south.

Scenic Coastal Cruise

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Cruise the scenic coastline from Sydney. Dependent on weather, stops may include Jervis Bay and/or Twofold Bay. As you cruise, our guest lecturer will present commentary on the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and lectures on yachting and maritime history.

Bass Strait Crossing

As we sail through the Southern Ocean, enjoy presentations, spot yachts, or relax on deck and enjoy the vastness of the Bass Strait.

Bruny Island and Adventure Bay

Experience the rugged beauty of the Fluted Cape as you walk along the sheer coastal cliffs or cruise for a closer look around Penguin Island. Learn about the rich maritime history of Adventure Bay as you meander past the ruins of old whaling stations on the way to Grassy Point.

Maria Island

The historic ruins, secluded bays, and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park are home to a local population of wildlife that includes Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies, Tasmanian Devils, and wombats. Since the 1960s, several endangered species have been introduced here in a bid to protect them. Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington, part of the “Convict Trail of Australia”, and gain an understanding of the life of the early settlers in a restored 17th century convict penitentiary. An adventurous walk to the dramatic Painted and Fossil Cliffs take in the history and beauty of this island.

 

Hobart

Arrive in Hobart in time for the Sydney to Hobart race celebrations on New Year’s Eve. Stroll Hobart’s historic wharf. Enjoy farewell drinks with the Captain, and welcome the New Year with a view of the fireworks display over the Derwent River.

Disembark at Macquarie Wharf 1 at 9 am, 1st January 2020.

December 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
26 December 2020 26 Dec 2020 01 January 2021 01 Jan 2021 $4,800 to $6,720 $4,800 to $6,720 Coral Discoverer Available Book

January 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
26 December 2020 26 Dec 2020 01 January 2021 01 Jan 2021 $4,800 to $6,720 $4,800 to $6,720 Coral Discoverer Available Book

YOUR CRUISE PRICE INCLUDES

›› 6 night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer
›› Expert Expedition Team, including guest lecturer
›› Guided excursions on the Xplorer, Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
›› Small batch local dining, prepared fresh onboard
›› Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
›› 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
›› Pre-cruise transfer
›› All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports

 

Your cruise price does not include:

›› Pre and post cruise flights, transfers or hotels
›› Entry visas or travel permits
›› Travel insurance
›› Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package), laundry charges, and souvenir purchases.
›› Internet services (available at a cost)

Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Discoverer our crew has no other agenda than your delight.

Our friendly reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Contact our team on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email explore@coralexpeditions.com.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. It should also include emergency evacuation and repatriation cover.

We recommend Travel Insurance by SureSave. SureSave, is an Australian company who specialise in travel insurance designed for travellers. SureSave provides world assistance through a customer support team, a claims team and an in-house 24/7 Emergency Assistance division. Underwritten by Lloyds of London, you get peace of mind knowing your security is guaranteed. Please note: SureSave Travel Insurance policies may only be purchased by Australian residents. For international travellers, please discuss your policy requirements with your local insurance provider.

RECOMMENDED HOBART HOTELS

THE OLD WOOLSTORE APARTMENT HOTEL

The Old Woolstore is centrally located within a stone’s throw of the city centre and just a block away from Hobart’s majestic waterfront. The Old Woolstore consists of a unique choice of fully serviced Hotel Rooms, Studio Apartments, One Bedroom Apartments, Two Bedroom Apartments and Executive Spa Apartments.

HOTEL GRAND CHANCELLOR HOBART

With 244 rooms located on Hobart’s waterfront with breath taking views of the River Derwent and Mount Wellington; the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart is Tasmania’s premier hotel. The hotel is central to major tourist attractions including Salamanca Markets, Constitution Dock, Mona Ferry, Battery Point, Hobart CBD and retail
shopping centres.

HADLEY'S ORIENT HOTEL

Originally built by convict labour in 1834, Hadley’s is one of the oldest boutique hotels in Australia. Located amidst an array of boutique shops and chic eateries, Hadley’s is just a short stroll from a range of some of Hobart’s most popular activities, attractions and cultural experiences – including Salamanca and the waterfront precinct. Hadley’s offers 24-hour reception, complimentary Wi-Fi and turn-down service on your first evening.